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posted on 2001-04-21 19:42 EDT
Viz Comics, Art Books, Magazines and Graphic Novels Shipping in July 2001

ANIME ART GALLERY: THE ART OF RANMA ½
anime art gallery, art by Rumiko Takahashi, color, 128 pages, $24.95
USA/$38.95 CAN, T-RA01, ISBN 1-56931-579-5, SHIPS 7/27/01
It's Ranma ½ like you've never seen it before! You've seen the animated series. You've read the manga. But do you know everything about Ranma ½? Presented here for the first time in English, The Art of Ranma ½ combines both original artwork by acclaimed manga artist Rumiko Takahashi and character information on nearly every outrageous character that graces this series—Shampoo, Mousse, Ryoga, Akane, Genma, Happosai and more!Page after page features beautiful, full-color, full-page artwork of all your favorite characters in watercolors, pastels and colored pencil. Ever wonder what a day in the life of a half-boy, half-girl martial artist is like? Take a walkthrough of Ranma's typical day and see how he fends off fanatical suitors and still gets his homework done. Also included are detailed charts on every love triangle both boy and girl-type Ranma has been involved with, plus info on the dizzying array of martial arts featured throughout the series. Check out this book and see why Ranma ½ has become one of Japan and America's most beloved series!

DRAGON BALL Z, VOL. 5
Viz graphic novel, story and art by Akira Toriyama, b&w, 184 pages, $14.95 USA/$23.00 CAN, CTDBZ005, ISBN 1-56931-550-7, SHIPS 7/13/01
DRAGON BALL Z IN SPACE!
Akira Toriyama's action epic, as seen on the Cartoon Network, is now available in English in its original comic book form! After years of training and adventure, young Son Goku has become Earth's strongest martial artist—now he and his friends must fight against the deadliest villains of time and space! This graphic novel collects Dragon Ball Z Vol. 3 #1 through Vol. 3 #6.
In This Volume: In the aftermath of his titanic battle with Goku, Vegeta retreats from Earth, vowing revenge. In search of a way to resurrect their dead friends, Kuririn, Gohan, and Bulma repair an ancient alien spaceship and go into space in search of Namek—Piccolo's home planet where the wish-granting Dragon Balls were originally made. But Namek has become a battleground, where evil emperor Freeza and his minions are slaughtering the peaceful Namekians to fulfill Freeza's wish for immortality! Stranded on a planet full of enemies, the three astronauts radio back to Earth begging for a hospitalized Goku to come to their aid—but "help" comes from an unexpected source as Vegeta, now stronger than ever, turns against his former master Freeza in order to get the Dragon Balls for himself. But are Vegeta's intentions any less evil than Freeza's?

POKEMON TALES
collectable board books, color, 18 pages, 4 ½" x 6", $4.95 USA/$7.95 CAN,
Charizard:BTP019 ISBN 1-56931-570-1,
Onyx: BPT020, ISBN 1-56931-571-X,
Both Ship 7/20/01
POKEMON STORYBOOKS
Viz presents two new Pokémon Tales, a series of colorful board books written and illustrated by Japan's greatest artists. Created with the care and attention you expect from any classic children's book, these stories will delight Pokémon-loving kids and parents alike.
DON'T LAUGH CHARIZARD!
Charizard's got a fiery personality and the breath to match! Wherever this fire-breathing Pokémon goes, things are always being set ablaze when he laughs. What better way to use his breath for good than to heat a spring for his friends to play in!
ONIX UNDERGROUND
Other Pokémon may like playing in the sun with their friends and trainers, but Onix is perfectly happy exploring everything the underground world has to offer. Join Onix as he digs his way through Diglett tunnels, subways, and more!

POKEMON ADVENTURES, ADVENTURE #3: THE SAFFRON CITY SEIGE
Viz graphic novel, story by Hidenori Kusaka, art by Mato, b&w, 224 pages, $13.95 USA/$ 21.50 CAN, CTPA03, ISBN: 1-56931-560-4, SHIPS
7/6/01
RUMBLE IN SAFFRON CITY
Follow the story of the original Game Boy game, with all the Gym Leaders, locations and opponents! Red's just another boy in Pallet Town with normal ambitions, until he realizes how big and full of wonders the Pokémon world can be! In his travels he meets friends like water Pokémon expert Misty and Pokémon researchers Professor Oak and Bill, but also dangerous enemies such as the secret organization of evil, Team Rocket. Red not only befriends humans who know about Pokémon, but also real-live Pokémon themselves. Maybe Bulbasaur and Poliwhirl are easy to win over, but capricious Pikachu will take a lot more effort! Red has to work hard if he's going to outdo his perennial rival Professor Oak's grandson, Blue!
In This Volume: Red and Blue return home only to find Pallet Town deserted and Professor Oak kidnapped by the nefarious Team Rocket! To save the citizens of Pallet Town and perhaps the world, Red, Blue, and the nice-yet-untrustworthy Green must team up to invade Team Rocket's HQ in Saffron City. Inside the city they face the full brunt of Team Rocket's might, three powerful Pokémon trainer ringleaders: psychic-powered Sabrina; electrifying Lt. Surge; and the toxic ninja Koga. To complicate matters, Team Rocket seems to have gotten their hands on the three legendary bird Pokémon Articuno, Moltres, and Zapdos! Can these three upstart trainers foil Team Rocket's plans for world dominance and rescue the citizens of Pallet Town at the same time?

STRAIN, VOL. 5
Viz graphic novel, story by Buronson, art by Ryoichi Ikegami, b&w, 216 pages, $16.95 USA/$26.00 CAN, CTSTR05, ISBN: 1-56931-682-1, SHIPS 7/27/01
FAT CHANCE
From the creators of Sanctuary and Fist of the North Star! In the streets of Kuala Lumpur, blood flows thick, but not thicker than water. Framed, nearly executed, and exiled to Malaysia's slums, Japanese assassin Shingo Kusaka joins a group of outcasts in the fight against his elder brother Shunichiro, a power-hungry aristocrat, and the monolithic Chinese Sai crime family. This graphic novel contains installments from PULP Vol. 4 #9 through Vol. 5 #3.
In This Volume: Strain's violent conclusion! The prize: a gigantic oil strike in Borneo—money and power enough, perhaps, to realize the dream of a united Asia. The current owner: the KUSAKA corporation. But who will claim it? KUSAKA's CEO, the ruthless Shunichiro, has just resigned in favor of Shingo, the "adopted" black-sheep younger brother whom he long tried to kill. Shunichiro has conceded his great secret—it's Shingo who is the natural son, not him. Blood will tell, but how much more must be spilled? Always fiercely loyal to Shunichiro, Shingo is in Malaysia, gunning for the corpulent Chinese crime lord Shimei Sai, who holds the controlling shares of KUSAKA. Who will tie the skein of the "strain?"

EAGLE #18: FRAME-UP
story & art by Kaiji Kawaguchi, b&w, 104 pages, $6.95 USA/$10.95 CAN, CEA0018, SHIPS 7/20/01
THE BOTTOM LINE
Seattle and the Northwest have become the latest political hotseat as a labor strike between union workers and an aerospace giant threaten to throw the region's economy into turmoil. With General Grant posing a real challenge in the race for president, Yamaoka sees the dispute as a good way to even the playing field. But what does a New York senator know about labor disputes and how can he even get the two sides to talk?



VIZ COMICS

DRAGON BALL, PART 3 #14
14-issue monthly series, story & art by Akira Toriyama, b&w, 48 pages, $2.95 USA/$4.50 CAN, CDB314, SHIPS 7/6/01
GOKU MEETS DR. SLUMP!
Goku and General Blue's mad chase takes them right out of Dragon Ball and into Penguin Village, the set of Akira Toriyama's original hit humor manga, Dr. Slump! Meet incompetent inventor Senbe Norimaki and his android "daughter" Arale! In this surreal sci-fi setting, Goku must face his final confrontation with the Red Ribbon's evil General and save the lives of his new friends! 16 extra pages for the same great price!

DRAGON BALL Z, PART 4 #8
15-issue monthly series, story & art by Akira Toriyama, b&w, 32 pages, $2.95 USA/$4.50 CAN, CDBZ408, SHIPS 7/13/01
VEGETA VS. REACOOM!
Vegeta thought he was the strongest in the universe. He killed Zarbon and Dodoria, and he nearly killed Goku. But the Ginyu Force's indestructible muscleman, Reacoom, can stand up to his mightiest attacks—and as they trade rock-shattering blows, it's Vegeta who is being slowly, painfully pulverized!

GUNDAM WING: EPISODE ZERO #4
4-issue monthly series, story by Sakura Asagi, art by Akemi Omode, b&w, 32 pages, $2.95 USA/$4.50 CAN, CGW0304, SHIPS 7/20/01
CHILDREN OF WAR
After his parent's death, Trowa Barton was adopted by a traveling circus family and raised as a soldier in an anti-Federation resistance movement. One day, during a dashing raid, Trowa meets a kindred spirit: an orphaned girl whom he takes in out of sympathy. Can this girl be trusted in the heart of the resistance, or has Trowa inadvertently given haven to a spy?

MAGICAL POKEMON JOURNEY, PART 5 #1: A DATE WITH WIGGLYTUFF
4-issue monthly series, story & art by Yumi Tsukirino, b&w, squarebound, 40 pages, $4.95 USA/$7.95 CAN, CPJ0501, ISBN: 1-56931-
678-3, SHIPS 7/20/01
LOVE AT FIRST FIGHT!
Hazel and her Pokémon are taking a walk near the sunflowers one day when they meet just about the brashest, most violent Oddish who ever lived! Then, Arbok asks Wigglytuff out on a date like no other—a run around an obstacle course! Can Arbok go the distance or will Wigglytuff's challenge have it making tracks in the opposite direction?

POKEMON ADVENTURES, PART 5 #1: YELLOW CABALLERO, TO CATCH A CATERPIE
4-issue monthly series, story & art by MATO, squarebound, b&w, 48 pages, $4.95 USA/$7.95 CAN, CYC0201, SHIPS 7/27/01
SEASIDE SMACKDOWN
Blue encounters Agatha of the Elite Four in an abandoned seaside power plant and gets more than he bargained for! Just as Agatha is about to declare checkmate, salvation comes from the most unexpected direction! Then, Yellow's on a mission to collect more Pokémon and he's got his sights set on capturing Caterpie!

NO NEED FOR TENCHI!, PART 11 #4
4-issue monthly series, story & art by Hitoshi Okuda, b&w, 48 pages,
$3.50 USA/$5.50 CAN, CNNT1104, SHIPS 7/20/01
GRAVITY GAMBLE
Tenchi and the group race to save Ayeka and her stricken ship as both plummet towards the event horizon of a black hole! With time running out, it's up to Ryoko to bring the princess back from this death trap. But with Ayeka still under the influence of Ga-Ryu's mind control—on top of her normal rivalry with Ryoko—and she won't go without a fight!

CERES, CELESTIAL LEGEND #2
6-issue monthly series, story by Yû Watase, b&w, 32 pages, $2.95 USA/$4.50 CAN, CAC102, SHIPS 7/20/01 SINS OF THE FATHER
Aya and her twin brother's trip to the Mikage House seems to have been no party after all, but rather a test. When Aya exhibits supernatural abilities, the family decides she is too dangerous to live any longer. Will Aya's father actually kill his only daughter, or will the man in black rescue her again from certain death?

NEON GENESIS EVANGELION, BOOK 6 #1
REGULAR--4-issue monthly series, story & art by Yoshiyuki Sadamoto, original concept by Gainax, monthly, b&w, 40 pages, $3.50 USA/$5.50
CAN, CEV601
SPECIALCOLLECTOR'S EDITION--4-issue monthly series, story & art by
Yoshiyuki Sadamoto, original concept by Gainax, monthly, b&w, 40 pages, $3.50 USA/$5.50 CAN, CEVS601, SHIPS 7/21/01
CERTAIN UNCERTAINTY
Shinji is confronted by the one thing for which no amount of NERV training could prepare him—normal life! High-school romances, interpersonal relationships…everything that comes with being a teenager! But danger lurks not too far away, and Ritsuko and Gendo are planning for the introduction of Unit-03. Who will pilot the untested Eva?

AQUA KNIGHT, PART 3 #5
5-issue monthly series, story and art by Yukito Kushiro, monthly, b&w, 48 pages, $3.50 USA/$5.50 CAN, CAK0305, SHIPS 7/13/01
HELL HATH NO FURY…
The ultimate battle between this world and the underworld is on! With the living core of Alcantara's Zyfort out of control and on the warpath, Ruliya has no choice than to call upon the forces of Death Himself one more time. After the fight, Alcantara decides it might be time to call it quits, but is a mad scientist ever really reformed?

EL HAZARD, PART 3 #1
6-issue monthly series, story & art by Tsubura Hidetomo, b&w, 32 pages, $2.95 USA/$4.50 CAN, CEH0301, SHIPS 7/13/01
FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS
Ifurita and Makoto square off against the male demon-god only to find their attacks having the same effect as mosquito bites! Meanwhile, the front lines of Roshtaria are under attack by the Shadow Tribe's other demon-god, and all Fujisawa and the Priestesses can do is watch in disgust. Can anything be done to stop the Shadow Tribe and end their control over the demon-gods?

INU-YASHA, PART 6 #3
15-issue series, story & art by Rumiko Takahashi, b&w, 40 pages, $2.95 USA/$4.50 CAN, CIY0603, SHIPS 7/6/01
THE IMPOSTOR REVEALED
While searching the temple for a way to stop the demon Suijin, Miroku and Sango discover a woman only inches in height who claims to be the
real Suijin! Is this pint-sized priestess friend or foe? Meanwhile, Inuyasha and the possibly-false Suijin tangle underwater while Kagome and the village boy scramble to steal the demon's enchanted spear.

RANMA, PART 10 #4
11-issue series, story & art by Rumiko Takahashi, monthly, b&w, 32 pages, $2.95 USA/$4.50 CAN, CRA1004, SHIPS 7/13/01
MARTIAL ARTS PEP-SQUAD!
Furinkan High's going to have some stiff competition this season! Out-of-town Seishun High School has been winning a surprising number of
sporting events lately with the help of Martial Arts Cheerleading master Mariko Konjo. To put Furinkan back on top, Ranma has no choice
but to challenge pom-pom wielding Mariko to a cheerleading battle royale!

SILENT MOBIUS, ADVENT: #1
6-issue series, story & art by Kia Asamiya, monthly, b&w, 40 pages, $3.25 USA/$4.95 CAN, CSM0901, SHIPS 7/13/01
WHAT EVIL LIES BENEATH
It's been a year since Roy's mysterious death and Katsumi's disappearance, but out of the blue the team members of A.M.P. receive a mysterious e-mail…from Katsumi! When she asks for a rendezvous in a junkyard the girls can't help but be suspicious. Is this the same Katsumi that the team once knew?

VIZ MAGAZINES

PULP
VOL. 5, #8
JULY '01
manga anthology, b&w, 184 pages, $5.95 USA/$8.95 CAN, MPU0508, MATURE READERS ONLY, SHIPS 7/6/01
The only true adult-oriented manga magazine in America! PULP has 184 pages of sexy, tough, surreal, violent, hilarious manga, plus columns
and features written by some of the premier experts in Japanese pop culture. This month we focus on American manga. That's right!
American manga! Make sure to check out the special collector's cover by one of America's best manga artists.BANANA FISH: Papa Dino and Arthur break off their meeting to find Ash while Yut Leung confronts Dr. Dawson about Banana Fish…VOYEURS INC.: Ken interrupts a kinky couple in the park mid-intercourse, but this time he might have gone too far when a local gang hassles him about it. DANCE TILL TOMORROW: With only one week before Suekichi's wedding to Miyuki, everybody and their uncle seems to have a word of sage advice for him! CINDERALLA-CHAN: Cindarella's father has risen from the grave and he's out for love! Soon, Cinderalla is saying 'hello' to her new stepmother and two stepsisters. EVEN A MONKEY CAN DRAW MANGA: It's easy to draw poses, look and see! UZUMAKI: The local prankster's got a crush on Kirie…but after he is involved in a hideous accident, his parting gift of a Jack-in-the-Box takes on disturbing implications.

ANIMERICA EXTRA
VOL. 4 #8
JULY '01
manga anthology, b&w, 128 pages, $4.95 USA/$7.95 CAN, MAE0408, SHIPS 7/6/01
THE ANIME FAN'S COMIC MAGAZINE
The greatest shojo and shonen manga! A brave young swordswoman who wants to be a prince; an artist, his kissin' cousin, and a doll that came to life; adventure in a fantasy world not unlike ancient China; crime and mystery in the Gothic metropolis of Steam City; and a girl who came from a video tape. 128 pages of beautiful art and stunning stories, plus fan art, manga features and more!FUSHIGI YÛGI: Hotohori and Tamahome face off in battle and soon things turn deadly. Can Tamahome remember his love for Miaka before it's too late? VIDEO GIRL AI: When Yota runs out of bed to help a
stricken Ai, Nobuko begins to question whether Yota really loves her at all. STEAM DETECTIVES: Every corner of Steam City is going to feel the Earth shake when Goriki and Shadow Bolt III battle in the canals of the dark city! REVOLUTIONARY GIRL UTENA: Utena rejects Touga's romantic advances, but that doesn't stop him from inviting her and Anthy to the ball. MARIONETTE GENERATION: Izumi is no good in a fistfight, especially over a girl! Meanwhile, Kinoko gets the eerie feeling that someone is watching her…

ANIMERICA
Vol. 9 #6
anime & manga monthly, color and b&w, 96 pages, $4.95 USA/$7.95 CAN, MAN0906, SHIPS 7/6/01
The best magazine for anime fans! Fascinating features on the latest and greatest anime, exclusive interviews, news on what's new in Japan and what's arriving soon in America, plus exclusive columns, interviews with voice-actors, anime reviews, video games, model kits and how to build them, anime soundtracks, and Leiji Matsumoto's Galaxy Express 999 manga. Remember, If It's Anime in America, It's Gotta be ANIMERICA!

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